Mesa council candidates explain their top priorities

By Richard Dyer | Your Valley

A primary election is Aug. 2 for candidates in Mesa City Council districts 4, 5 and 6, with terms expiring in January 2027.

Candidates filing for a seat in each district are:
District 4: Jenn Duff (incumbent), Trista Guzman Glover and Nathaniel Ross;
District 5: Alicia Goforth;
District 6: Scott Somers and Darla Trendler.

As the primary election nears, the Independent is conducting Q&As with each council candidate to get their opinion on various topics having to do with the city of Mesa. In this installment are the answers to “If elected, what are the top five priorities in your council district?”

Scott Somers

Scott Somers, 54, is a firefighter, paramedic and professor of practice. He has lived 27 years in Mesa District 6.

If elected, what are the top five priorities in your council district?: “My top priority is to ensure the shared vision we created for our district of an internationally recognized destination for those looking for a sustainable place to live, work, learn and play. We must capitalize on the momentum to create a regional employment hub with a mix of high-value jobs and signature communities. As part of that we must:

  • Invest in public safety: As a public safety professional, I understand firsthand the need to invest in public safety and keep response times low — particularly in growing areas. Our priority must be to determine future needs for public safety in our district and identify partnerships for innovative, cost-effective delivery.

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